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The trial of Zachary Adams continues this morning in Tennessee. Adams is one of six people arrested in connection with the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Holly Bobo, and the first to stand trial.
Holly disappeared at 7:30 a.m. on April 13, 2011. Her brother saw her entering the woods near her home with a man dressed in camouflage. Her brother assumed at the time that she was with her boyfriend. However, he alerted the authorities when he found blood outside the house.
After what has been called the most extensive search in Tennessee history, Bobo was never found.
Nearly two and a half years later, on September 7, 2014, hunters looking for ginseng found a skull later identified as Bobo’s some twenty miles from her home. No bones below her neck have ever been found, sources say.
Adams’ brother John Dylan Adams, Jason Autry, Shayne Austin, Jeff Pearcy, and Mark Pearcy were also arrested and accused of various levels of involvement.
John Dylan Adams claimed he saw Bobo with his brother Zachary and friend Autry after she was reported missing. He also reportedly claimed to know that the men “had raped Bobo and videotaped it.”
Autry, the prosecution’s star witness, testified on Thursday, giving a detailed account of his experience with Zachary Adams, who had asked him to help get rid of Bobo’s body. Autry described how he and Adams drove a truck with Bobo inside to an area underneath a bridge. As the were carrying Bobo, Autry heard a sound and realized the girl was still alive, he said. After Autry pointed this out, he said, Adams shot her. Autry also told the court that Adams had admitted to raping Bobo, along with John Dylan Adams and Shayne Austin.
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